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Post-Election Israeli-US Tensions Continue

Post-Election Israeli-US Tensions Continue

Today’s Top Stories 1. Post-elections tensions between Washington and Jerusalem continued. Here’s Benyamin Netanyahu’s full interview with Andrea Mitchell of NBC News explaining his pre-election comments that had the White House and Big Media up in arms. The prime minister also talked to NPR and Fox News. (NPR got a followup response from Saeb Erekat.)

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Israel Re-Elects Netanyahu

Today’s Top Stories 1. Benyamin Netanyahu and Likud won yesterday’s elections. See below for what happened, what’s next, and what it means. 2. Oops, he did it again. John Kerry plugged Ayatollah Khamenei’s non-existent nuclear fatwa. 3. Brazilian media reports are backing Alberto Nisman’s claims of an Argentina-Iran conspiracy, with allegations are bigger than we

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Saudis Sign Nuclear Cooperation Deal With South Korea

Today’s Top Stories 1. A high-level Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander boasted of indoctrinating Syrian youth: “The IRGC has begun to establish new religious groups in Syria called ‘Kashab’ among young Alawites, Sunnis, Christians and Ismailis,” Al-Arabiya on Tuesday cited Hussein Hamdani as saying.   These groups aim to carry out what Hamdani called “ideological education”

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UN Report on Gaza “War Crimes” to Be Deferred

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN team investigating war crimes during Operation Protection Edge wants to defer its report to June. A statement released by the Schabas commission said it needed more time to consider evidence received from Israelis and Palestinians. The team’s report was originally scheduled to be presented to the UN Human Rights

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Hamas Offers Long Term Calm

Today’s Top Stories 1. PA security forces have arrested more than 100 Hamas members in the last two weeks. YNet reports: The operations reached a climax on Sunday night when – in an unusual step – the forces arrested 40 Hamas members, including released detainees, academics, and students in a coordinated effort conducted in multiple

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Netanyahu’s Iran Speech: The Fallout and Spin

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the video and transcript. See below for more fallout and commentary. 2. Argentina wants to revive a joint “truth commission” with Iran to get to the bottom of bury the 1994 bombing of the Buenos

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Iran Rejects Nuclear Freeze

Today’s Top Stories Prime Minister Netanyahu was due to begin his address to Congress after this roundup was published. 1. Iran rejected any temporary freeze on its nuclear activities.Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif was responding to President Obama’s Reuters interview (see summary or  full transcript). The president confirmed the much-talked-about sunset clause. 2. International Atomic Energy Agency chief

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Media Spotlight on Netanyahu’s Congressional Speech

Today’s Top Stories 1. On the day before Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, interest and discussion has reached a fevered pitch. Demand for tickets is off the charts — “10 times as many requests as there are seats available,” Politico reports. Today, the prime minister addressed the AIPAC conference — a brief warm up for the

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Netanyahu Leaves For Washington

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Egyptian court designated Hamas a terror organization. If I understand YNet correctly, yesterday’s ruling was a wider designation making no distinction between the terror group’s military and political “wings.” The decision was reached for Hamas role in terror attacks on Egyptian soil. While the January decision against> Hamas targeted only

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